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London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE


Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

Seminar on Taiwan in Comparative Perspective

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A series of seminars on 'Taiwan in Comparative Perspective' was launched in January 2006, organised by the LSE Taiwan Research Programme. The 'Taiwan in Comparative Perspective Seminar' brings together expertise on issues or themes relating to Taiwan to develop a comparative and inter-disciplinary perspective on the island. For example, the Seminar encourages a multi-disciplinary or cross-disciplinary approach to the study of Taiwan, including anthropological and sociological studies, political and economic studies, contemporary literary and historical studies, religious studies, media studies, cultural studies, and gender studies.

The Seminar also encourages a comparative approach to the study of Taiwan in its East Asian and global contexts. Moreover, the Seminar encourages the development of new theoretical and methodological positions and perspectives that acknowledge the experience of locality in Taiwan in an increasingly unstable and fragmented world.

We welcome papers on any issue or theme relating to Taiwan in comparative and/or inter-disciplinary perspectives from established academics and postgraduate students. We also welcome double presentations which consist of two papers; one focusing on Taiwan while the other on other appropriate comparator(s). Multi-media presentations and/or works in progress are also welcome. Speakers are expected to speak for 50 minutes; the two-hour slot that the Seminar occupies leaves ample space for questions and discussion.

The purpose of the seminars is to provide a platform for academic dialogue and critical debate as well as to give constructive feedback to presenters. Outstanding papers may be considered for publication in the Journal Taiwan in Comparative Perspective. The Seminar is usually chaired by Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, and convened by Dr Fang-Long Shih. It is normally held on Thursday evenings, in term one and in term two, at the London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

If you would like to give a paper please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to Dr Fang-Long Shih at f.shih@lse.ac.uk.